Wedding guest fashion

Editor's letter

Choosing the perfect wedding guest dress has to be one of the most difficult fashion decisions of the year. You want to make an impression without upstaging the bride, in an outfit that takes you seamlessly from day to night, and above all, find a figure-flattering style you feel completely confident and comfortable in. You’ll be looking for compliments from your friends (without upsetting the vicar!) in an outfit that will stand the test of time, from church-time nuptials right through to dancing the Moonwalk at the reception. Not an easy task by any means. 

When I find what I think is the perfect wedding guest dress, I always ask myself three questions before buying it: would this dress sit comfortably alongside the rest of the clothes in my wardrobe? Does it match my mood? And will Granny approve on the Big Day? If the answer is yes to all three, then I’m in a good space. Finally, I do the disco test; I hold my hands up over my head and spin round a few times. If the dress feels a part of me without any tightness or discomfort, and falls perfectly back into place, then I know I’ve found The One.

To make finding your perfect wedding guest dress as easy as possible, we’ve spoken to the experts, answered your most common fashion questions (yes, you can wear black to a wedding) and edited a collection of the most popular styles this year. Alternatively, give us a few details about yourself using our Personal Dress Finder service and we’ll handpick a selection of dress suggestions just for you."

Team LBD Editor, Nathalie


What's your wedding guest style?

What you wear to a beach wedding in Barbados will obviously be totally different to a ceremony in the Cotswolds. We've made finding the right dress for you easy by creating a collection of dresses for each style of wedding, whether you're looking for a sharp tailored look for a city wedding, or a floral tea-dress for something quintessentially British. 

Shop guest dresses for country and vintage weddings

Shop guest dresses for modern and city weddings

Shop guest dresses for invites to the evening do 

Shop guest dresses for weddings on the beach and abroad

Shop all bridesmaid dresses

Shop all mother of the bride dresses


Wedding guest do's and don'ts

Should you wear a hat? Can you wear a black dress, what about a white one? Is a maxi appropriate or will you be competing withe bride? Getting the perfect outfit as a guest can be a minefield, so Team LBD has taken the hard work out of it by answering your most frequently asked questions.

Read the Little Black Dress Style Guide for Wedding Guests

Can you wear black to a wedding? We asked the experts. Read the feature


Celebrity weddings

From pop royalty to proper royalty, super-secret to achingly stylish, rock 'n' roll to ridiculous, Team LBD looks back at some of the most iconic weddings of all time. Featuring the golden oldies including Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana, to the modern day classics such as Kate and Wills, Kate Moss and Beyonce, get the gossip on these Big Days with our essential guide. 

Read the feature